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Definition of Drill


  1. To pierce or bore with a drill, or a with a drill; to perforate; as, to drill a hole into a rock; to drill a piece of metal.
  2. To train in the military art; to exercise diligently, as soldiers, in military evolutions and exercises; hence, to instruct thoroughly in the rudiments of any art or branch of knowledge; to discipline.
  3. To practice an exercise or exercises; to train one's self.
  4. An instrument with an edged or pointed end used for making holes in hard substances; strictly, a tool that cuts with its end, by revolving, as in drilling metals, or by a succession of blows, as in drilling stone; also, a drill press.
  5. The act or exercise of training soldiers in the military art, as in the manual of arms, in the execution of evolutions, and the like; hence, diligent and strict instruction and exercise in the rudiments and methods of any business; a kind or method of military exercises; as, infantry drill; battalion drill; artillery drill.
  6. Any exercise, physical or mental, enforced with regularity and by constant repetition; as, a severe drill in Latin grammar.
  7. A marine gastropod, of several species, which kills oysters and other bivalves by drilling holes through the shell. The most destructive kind is Urosalpinx cinerea.
  8. To cause to flow in drills or rills or by trickling; to drain by trickling; as, waters drilled through a sandy stratum.
  9. To sow, as seeds, by dribbling them along a furrow or in a row, like a trickling rill of water.
  10. To entice; to allure from step; to decoy; -- with on.
  11. To cause to slip or waste away by degrees.
  12. To trickle.
  13. To sow in drills.
  14. A small trickling stream; a rill.
  15. An implement for making holes for sowing seed, and sometimes so formed as to contain seeds and drop them into the hole made.
  16. A light furrow or channel made to put seed into sowing.
  17. A row of seed sown in a furrow.
  18. A large African baboon (Cynocephalus leucophaeus).
  19. Same as Drilling.

Drill Quotations

Happiness is your dentist telling you it won't hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill.
Johnny Carson

One of my sensory problems was hearing sensitivity, where certain loud noises, such as a school bell, hurt my ears. It sounded like a dentist drill going through my ears.
Temple Grandin

We have this culture of financialization. People think they need to make money with their savings rather with their own business. So you end up with dentists who are more traders than dentists. A dentist should drill teeth and use whatever he does in the stock market for entertainment.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The disaster in the Gulf was no accident. It was the result of years of oil money buying off politicians to lead to an unregulated and ill focused addiction to oil and drilling. The doomed fate of the local fisherman and the environment were foretold in the infamous chants of 'Drill, Baby, Drill.'
Robert Greenwald

I may have a little bit of a talent for music, but I've learnt to tap into my own self when I write. When I put the drill bit inside my heart, sometimes I come up with something light and frothy, sometimes with something deep and painful, but it's great to connect with the audience.
Neil Diamond
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Drill Translations

drill in Danish is bore
drill in Dutch is boren
drill in Finnish is porata
drill in German is ausbilden, Furche, abrichten, bohren, Bohrer
drill in Italian is forare
drill in Norwegian is bor, drill, eksersis
drill in Portuguese is brocas
drill in Spanish is taladro, barrenar
drill in Swedish is exercera, drill, drilla, borra
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